Iowans Asked to Pay Their Respects to Robert D. Ray Today in Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Robert D. Ray dedicated his life to serving Iowans. Today Iowans are being asked to show their final respects to him. Ray, Iowa's 38th Governor, passed away on Sunday at the age of 89. He served as Iowa's chief executive from 1969 until 1983 when he was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Terry Branstad. Ray is most famously remembered for welcoming Tai Dam refugees to Iowa in the middle of the Vietnam War. The act of diplomacy likely saved their lives and created a new community in Iowa.